Phone photography

Your camera phone is handy, portable, and ideal for snapping pictures on the spur of the moment. With practice you can get the most from your camera phone and have fun doing it.

My iPhone
Brad Miser.
Indianapolis, Ind. : Que Pub., c2009.
This update of the 2007 edition includes coverage of the 3G model. Via color graphics, a Mac expert offers a tour of the features of the iPhone, its multi-touch interface, and Apple's optional MobileMe service. Miser presents tips and step-by-step instructions on utilizing its cell phone, e-mail, Internet, music, photo, video, map, and other capabilities. He candidly notes its text-messaging and Web browser limitations. Book purchase includes access to the online edition. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
iPhone 3G : portable genius
by Paul McFedries and David Pabian.
Indianapolis, IN : Wiley, c2008.
McFedries (Logophilia Limited) has teamed with Pabian, a writer and Mac expert, to produce this comprehensive guide to Apple's iPhone 3G. The authors provide plenty of detailed instructions for iPhone users on how to increase email attachment speed, use the GPS function, sync up to computer networks and explore hidden features. Actual full-color screenshots from the 3G are used to clarify all of the tool and shortcuts, with an emphasis on saving time and having fun. Annotation #169;2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Small tech : the culture of digital tools
Byron Hawk, David M. Rieder, and Ollie Oviedo, editors.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2008.
Includes bibliographic references.
Mobilizing generation 2.0 : a practical guide to using Web 2.0 technologies to recruit, organize, and engage youth
Ben Rigby ; foreword by Rock the Vote.
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2008.
While many guides are currently available to help novices discover the features and benefits of Web 2.0, this is one of the first to actively address the need to recruit youth participation in this growing technology. Rigby, who has led several media consulting firms, uses his experience with youth voting organizations to address topics such as blogging, social networking, video and photo sharing, mobile phones and wikis. In combination with its companion website, this guide is an effective tool for bridging the gap between the youth culture and technological resources for anyone involved with political or social programs. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The iPhone book : how to do the most important, useful & fun stuff with your iPhone
Scott Kelby & Terry White.
Berkeley, Calif. : Peachpit ; London : Pearson Education [distributor], 2008.
In this updated volume, authors Kelby and White now cover the iPhone 3G S and such features as video camera, voice control, and higher speed. The show-me-how-to-do-it book skips all the confusing techno-jargon and just explains in plain simple English exactly how to use the iPhone features.
iPhone : the missing manual
[by David Pogue].
Farnham : O'Reilly, 2008.
Pogue, the weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, offers a witty, authoritative, color-illustrated guide to Apple's iPhone and iPhone 3G, covering the gadget's telephone, music, sound, photo, video, and online features, as well as applications, synching the iPhone, and the corporate iPhone. Appendices cover setup and signup, accessories, and troubleshooting and maintenance. Step-by-step directions are illustrated with color screen shots. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

To use your phone like a pro:

  • Keep clicking
    The more pictures you take, the more likely youll get an unforgettable shot to print or share.
  • Don't delete too quickly
    Some cameras have editing features, but editing later on your computer is a better way to make a blurred picture usable. If it doesnt, then you can delete it 
  • Get in close & at eye level
    Fill the display screen to capture the details that make pictures interesting. Shoot at your subjects eye level.
  • Try different angles & composition
    Sometimes its fun to break the rules. Shoot from above or below, not always at the subjects eye level. Experiment with the 'rule of thirds'. Dont let the tree in the background appear to grow out of your subjects head.



Use your camera phone

As a 'post-it-note' when shopping. Take pictures of the model number or description of what you are interested in buying.

To get closeups of fender bender damage.

To document your once in a lifetime catch when its the only camera in the fishing boat.

More ideas:

  • Light, light, light
    Low light usually means poor pictures. Use the flash, indoor lights, and the sun.
  • Stay still
    Hold the phone with both hands to minimize blurring. Wait for the shutter lag to complete.
  • Set the highest resolution
    Youll see the difference in picture quality when you move it to the computer.
  • Check the manual
    Discover your camera's features and learn its limitations.
  • Be courteous
    Ask permission before taking pictures.

Camera phones are one of the fastest growing segments of the cell phone market. Better quality camera phones, along with good photographic techniques, mean better pictures for all of us.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff